Education

Education officials worry Ohio voucher expansion will come at expense of full public school funding

BY: - February 2, 2023

The education community in Ohio is encouraged by the governor’s support of public school funding, but see red flags when it comes to increased private school vouchers, warning that they hinder Ohio’s Full School Funding Plan. Gov. Mike DeWine’s announced his planned budget asks on Wednesday during his State of the State address, including boosts […]

DeWine prioritizes children, mental health, and attracting business in state of the state

BY: - January 31, 2023

Ohio Gov.Mike DeWine made clear Tuesday that his priorities during this budget cycle center on child literacy, mental health, and spending to bring in big business. In his annual State of the State address to a joint meeting of the General Assembly, DeWine announced big money moves included in his proposed budget, including $2.5 billion […]

Study: Ohio could have more in budget for families with tax changes

BY: - January 31, 2023

An Ohio-based think tank said changes to the tax system in the state could bring home more money for families and represent better budgetary priorities. The analysis came as Gov. Mike DeWine is set to give his “State of the State” on Tuesday, followed by a formal introduction of his budget priorities to the state’s […]

Awaiting budget proposal, child advocates hope for more

BY: - January 27, 2023

As policymakers await the newest budget priorities to be laid out by Gov. Mike DeWine, advocates for the state’s children are hoping comprehensive child well-being will be at the top of the list. The Ohio Children’s Budget Coalition released their policy agenda for the 2024-2025 state budget, which they hope will include whole-child services to […]

Teachers would get $60K minimum salary under bill in Congress making grants to states

BY: - January 27, 2023

WASHINGTON – A panel of policymakers and educators, including author Dave Eggers and former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, gathered at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to promote the American Teacher Act. The bill, if passed, would authorize the federal government to create four-year grants for states to enact and enforce minimum school teacher […]

Study shows fundamental services funding needed in all types of Ohio schools

BY: - January 26, 2023

Ohio’s implementation of the Fair School Funding Plan for K-12 education has been slower than public school advocates wanted, including studies on the actual cost of educating a child in the state. In an effort to show the state legislature some of the needs of the state education system, two economists focused on the supplemental […]

Federal funding coming to Ohio for kindergarten readiness

BY: - January 20, 2023

An infusion of federal funds is coming to Ohio, targeted at improving kindergarten readiness. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is set to receive a total of $48 million over three years as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Preschool Development Grant, according to an announcement from Gov. Mike […]

Education overhaul returns to Ohio Senate

BY: - January 13, 2023

As promised by Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman last year, an overhaul of the state education system is back on the agenda. The bill, once again led by state Sen. Bill Reineke, R-Tiffin, was reintroduced on Jan. 11, and already has 10 cosponsors signed on. The legislation seeks to rename the Ohio Department of Education […]

ACLU of Ohio seeks to step in on trans restroom federal lawsuit

BY: - January 11, 2023

The American Civil Liberties Union entered their legal opinion on a lawsuit challenging an Ohio school district that allows transgender students to use restrooms based on their gender identity. The federal lawsuit involves a 14-year-old girl who is a freshman at Bethel High School. The transgender girl uses the girls communal restroom there, but some […]

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New federal student loan repayment plan aimed at low-income borrowers

BY: - January 11, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would overhaul a federal student loan income-driven repayment plan, and, if implemented, could help millions of low-income borrowers. However, it’s unclear how the agency would be able to finance the program. Many student debt relief advocates also criticized the proposal for leaving out […]

Teachers’ pension system touts clean audit. Retirees unimpressed

BY: - January 6, 2023

Correction: The State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio manages about $90 billion in assets. An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect amount. It has been updated. The State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio has been flagging the results of a special audit conducted in response to complaints from some teachers and retirees. But […]

Governor signs bill with aims to help teacher shortage in Ohio

BY: - January 6, 2023

A bill signed Thursday by Gov. Mike DeWine could help with the teacher shortage being experienced statewide in Ohio. House Bill 554, a bill authored by state Reps. Mary Lightbody, D-Westerville, and Adam Bird, R-New Richmond, was designed specifically to bring professionals in various fields back to their previous profession as teachers in order to […]